Kate Davis is one half of Melbourne-based theatre company The Rabble. The Rabble (Davis and Emma Valente) have won acclaim for their surreal and experimental works, such as their shocking production of Story of O, which saw its fair share of huffy walkouts. Their production of Cain and Abel is at Belvoir until 8 June.
We asked Davis, an installation artist, director and theatre designer, to select five of her favourite works of art.
Allison Schulnik – MOUND 2011
It was my first time in New York and I was wandering around alone in an empty gallery in Chelsea, when I discovered this film. It had a huge emotional effect on me. It is truly beautiful.
Anish Kappor – Memory 2008
I went and saw the Kappor exhibition at MCA. Memory is a magnificent work, which surprised me and also filled me with awe. You experience the work through two different views – through the inside and the outside. I found it incredibly visceral and moving.
Louise Bourgeois – Cells
I adore Louise Bourgeois’s work especially this body of work as Installation is one of my favourite forms. Louise Bourgeois’s Cells are harrowing and deeply feminine. The containment of such images is so powerful. Her work has influenced me greatly.
Michael Borremans – The Angel 2013
I came across an exhibition of Michael Borremans, and fell in love with his work instantly. His paintings are so theatrical, dark and surreal. A strange nightmare.
Neo Rauch – Das Kreisen 2011
Neo Rauch is my favourite painter. He is the first contemporary painter that I felt deeply connected to since my teenage years with Dali. I love his play with interiors and exteriors – There is always a sense that something has just occurred, or is about too. The paintings are exquisite, colourful, surreal worlds that inspire me every time I look at them.